Summer Program for Young Orthodox Scholars: July 7-15, 2017

Everywhere Present, Filling All Things:
The God-Haunted Literature of the Orthodox Faith

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About the Summer Program

The Summer Program for Young Orthodox Scholars (SPYOS) provides promising High School and transfer students the opportunity to earn college credit while challenging themselves intellectually and spiritually. Students will live in residence on Eastern University’s campus with a select group of peers engaged in rigorous coursework and discussion of Great Books by Orthodox Christian literary figures.

• A college accredited honors program
• Earn three, transferable college credits
• Enhance your academic resume
• Sharpen your critical thinking and writing skills
• Grow intellectually and spiritually
• Participate in daily prayer (morning and evening)
• Experience college life with Orthodox peers, faculty, and mentors

Course Overview (HON330)

We confess the presence of the Spirit (the Lord and Giver of life) in all things, and this does not exclude the human imagination. But how is He present in the imagination, and how does this presence manifest itself in Orthodox writers? This course explores how Orthodox thought shapes the Orthodox imagination, and how this Sanctifying presence breaks through even in books and stories that touch on the most depraved of humans and the most vicious of acts. Together, students and professors embark on finding God’s hidden things present in the Byzantine epic Digenes Akritas, short stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a novella by Nikolai Gogol, and a novel by Alexandros Papadiamantis.
Who is this Program for? 
The Summer Program for Young Orthodox Scholars is designed for High School students entering their Junior and Senior year, and recent high school graduates who wish to pursue college course work that at once challenges the mind and moves the soul to a life of contemplation, reflection, and virtuous action in the pursuit of love of God. 
Space is limited and application is required. Tuition, room, and board is $1,700. Students will live in single-sex dorms on Eastern University's beautiful campus with experienced resident advisors who provide mentoring and support.


At a Glance:
The 2017 Summer Program for Young Orthodox Scholars (SPYOS)




Three hour accredited college honors course


July 7-15, 2017 (9 days, 8 nights)


Eastern University, 1300 Eagle Rd., St. Davids, PA 19087

  • Earn two, transferrable college credits
  • Enhance your academic credentials
  • Sharpen your critical, analytic, thinking, and writing skills via seminars with peers and mentors
  • Explore Philadelphia culture and surrounding areas
  • Experience college life while living in Eastern University's dorms


$1,700 (This fee covers tuition, room, board, and materials related to the course.)

Scholarships are available to students of need. If you think you might qualify, contact us at


June 1, 2017 -- Application Deadline (Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the program is filled.)

To Apply

Apply Online. (Read the directions carefully.)
Return all materials to on or before June 1, 2017. 

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